March 1965: The Lincoln-Mercury division of Ford Motor Co. began testing the "wrist twist" steering wheel at dealerships around the country. With this "no-wheel steering wheel," the driver controlled the car by means of two rotating plastic rings, five-inches in diameter. The rings turned simultaneously and could be turned with one or both hands.
As the video below explains, the benefit of the "wrist twist" was that you could more easily rest your arms on armrests while driving.
I guess the drawback was that you got carpal tunnel syndrome in your wrists by constantly having to twist them around.
If you took a three-wheeled motorcycle and dropped the shell of an auto atop it, this is what you would get. Lift the hood of the "car," and there is the engine riding on a single steerable wheel of its own
Took Accident To Fix Auto
DETROIT (UP) — Walter H. Hobbs was fined $10 for ramming Charles Shepherd's car in the rear despite a plea from Shepherd in his defense.
Shepherd said his car had been running better than it ever did since Hobbs rammed it.
Paul Di Filippo
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